Kenyon Young Reader Gets Blue Ribbon

Thomas Clarke and Michelle OtteBlue Ribbon Reader Logo

Kenyon Public Library Director, Michelle Otte, with Blue Ribbon Reader Thomas Clark

Thomas Clarke, age 10, is SELCO’s Blue Ribbon Reader for this year’s summer reading program. Thomas frequently uses the Kenyon Public Library and steadfastly pursued the summer theme, Dig Into Reading, by digging into history. Thomas was awarded a blue ribbon and four Minnesota State Fair tickets that be used on any of the 13 days of the Minnesota State Fair – August 22-September 2, 2013.

Michelle Otte, Kenyon Public Library Director, nominated Thomas saying:

The Kenyon Public Library would like to nominate Thomas Clark, 10, as our Blue Ribbon Reader nominee. Thomas has shown great enthusiasm for the Summer Reading Program here at the library. He has read EVERY book in the library on military history for his age in our library. He has even challenged himself on reading adult books on this subject since his reading comprehension is quite advanced. Thomas really impresses me because of his huge interest in American History, which is something that has become rare for children his age. He will always chose to read non-fiction before picking out a fiction book. This year at the Kenyon library we offered the school-aged kids small prizes for every book report they turned in for the months of June and July. Thomas hands down stood out among the rest of the kids, since he has turned in over 15 book reports in less than 8 weeks, along with a reading log, and a “Dig into Reading” trivia challenge. Thomas has three siblings that also have participated in the Summer Reading Program and Thomas shares his energy and excitement for reading with them. Thomas’s positive attitude, energy and mostly, his desire to learn have made him more than qualified to be our nominee for the 2013 Blue Ribbon Reader.

Each year, the Minnesota Summer Reading Program and Youth Services Committee recognizes a Blue Ribbon Reader from each region to celebrate Summer Reading! SELCO libraries were asked to submit the name of one child (K-12th grade age) who showed great enthusiasm in the summer reading program and who deserved to be recognized for summer reading achievements.

Maine State Librarian testifies on E-rate success – now with video

Maine State Librarian Linda Lord testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on July 17, 2013, during the Committee’s E-Rate 2.0: Connecting Every Child to the Transformative Power of Technology hearing.  Ms. Lord touted the success of the E-rate program in helping connect nearly 100 percent of libraries to serve more than 30 million people every week.  Click here for more information from the American Library Association about Ms. Lord’s testimony.

Here is the video of Ms. Lord’s testimony:

Registration open for 2013 MLA-MEMO Legislative Forum

MEMO and MLA members are invited to gather at Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud on July 30, 2013, from 10:00am until 2:30pm for the annual Library Legislative Forum.  Elaine Keefe, MLA lobbyist, will review the 2013 Legislative Session. The majority of the day will be spent developing and discussing possible legislative priorities, opportunities, and challenges for 2014.  For more information, including the agenda for the day as well as a link for registration, click here.

The Legislative Forum is FREE for MEMO and MLA members until July 22; $25 for nonmembers (includes coffee, rolls, lunch, and afternoon beverages). After July 22, the price for MLA and MEMO members is $25.

Whether you are planning to attend the Legislative Forum or not, you do have an opportunity to give input to help shape the 2013 Legislative Forum.  Take the survey today!

2013 Blue Ribbon Readers

Blue Ribbon Reader LogoThis year, the Minnesota Summer Reading Program and Youth Services Committee will recognize a Blue Ribbon Reader from each region to help celebrate Summer Reading!  Each public library in the SELCO region is asked to submit the name of one child (K-12th grade age) who shows great enthusiasm in the summer reading program and who deserves to be recognized for summer reading achievements.  A winner will be drawn from the nominations submitted from the public libraries and named the SELCO Blue Ribbon Reader.  This child will receive a four-pack of Minnesota State Fair tickets and a Star Reading Blue Ribbon.  Tickets can be used on any of the 13 days of the Minnesota State Fair – August 22-September 2, 2013.
Please send your nominations to SELCO via email or delivery to Michael Scott by Friday, August 2, 2013 @ 5 p.m.  A winner will be drawn and named the Blue Ribbon Reader from the SELCO region on Monday, August 5, 2013.  Please include the name of your nominee, age, a brief paragraph on why selected, and contact information.  This is a very special opportunity for your youngest patrons!  If you have any questions, please let us know.

What Does That Mean?

There’s a new program on SELCOtv! What Does That Mean? is a very short (about a minute) program featuring definitions of library and technology terms.  Ever wondered what we means when she refers to SQL?  Or tried to explain what digitization means to your Board?  What does that mean? is the show for you.

Each episode is short and sticks to just the facts with a quick, easy to understand definition of the term in question.  Sometimes the term will be a piece of technology jargon.  Sometimes it will be libraryspeak.  And still other times, it might be one of those terms that state and federal bureaucracies just love to create.  Regardless, What does that mean? will have you understanding whatever jargon the library and tech world can throw at you.

What does that mean? will come out twice a week, starting the week of April 29, 2013.  But here’s a sneak preview of our first episode:  SQL.  Enjoy!

March 2013 Delivery Count shows a slight decrease

The latest Delivery Count was done on Monday, March 25, 2013 and 3423 items passed through SELCO Delivery.  Compared to the Delivery Count done in March 2012 of 3740, this shows that Delivery decreased in March by 8.5%.  This time around, we found that the number of items from schools increased while the number of items coming from public libraries and academic and special libraries decreased slightly.  However, please don’t fret; over 3400 items in a day is definitely a large number of items.  Please keep filling those requests and we’ll make sure they get delivered!

The next Delivery Count will occur on Monday, August 27, 2013.  For more information regarding Delivery, please click here.

Dewey Day 2012

I have had a chance to compile some figures from Dewey Day 2012. It was again a great success. I am glad we could help get some more titles into the catalog for patrons to use. Here are some statistics:

                    6: Catalogers on Dewey Day itself – Becky Lashinski, Kristi Robb, Jeannie Johnson, Tyler Irvin, Kirby Johnson and Cheryl Hill

                   42: The number of SELCO Libraries/School Districts that participated in Dewey

                 778: The number of physical items cataloged for Dewey Day 2012

                 712: The number of physical items cataloged for Dewey Day 2011

                 495: The number of physical items cataloged for Dewey Day 2010

                 181: The number of OCLC records sent to SELCO that were loaded into Horizon in 2012

               1251: The number of OCLC records sent to SELCO that were loaded into Horizon in 2011

              4,595: The amount of money Dewey Day saved the members libraries in cataloging fees for 2012

Also of note this year SELCO held two online Webinars that walked attendees through how to use OCLC to search and import copy records into Horizon. The recording of one of these sessions will be available soon. 

Finally, a reminder that this year a new report is available in Web Report that tells you what your circulation is on an item by statcat and location. So remember to put in the Dewey 2012 statcat records in your items so that you can check your circulation and see if it’s worth holding onto these items or not. You can find this report in Web Reporter at Shared Reports>Circulation>Statcat number of CKO by location.

Thanks to all the libraries that participated in Dewey Day, and a special thanks to all the catalogers who make this Dewey Day a great success.